The science of endocannabinoid system is the study of the effects of marijuana on the human system. What was also discovered was the effects of marijuana on the human brain and how it works. All this is done through a new system called endocannabinoid system or EC system. The marijuana plant has its active delta – 9 – tetrahydrocannabinol THC). This is a unique system in the brain and body that affects many other functions. This could include how a person feels, walks and reacts. Cannabinoids are chemicals produced by the body that interact within the EC system
How do Cannabinoids work? Chemical messages are sent by the brain cells to the rest of the body. The messages help to feel, think and perform. So as the chemicals are released, they travel through a small gap and then attack specific receptors situated on a close by neuron. This charges the receiving neuron into action thus triggering a series of events that lets the message to be passed along. However the EC system works in a different way because it works backwards. When the postsynaptic neuron is activated Cannabinoids are made on demand. It is then that they are released from the cell and travel backwards to the presynaptic neuron where they get attached to the Cannabinoids receptors. Basically Cannabinoids serve as a dimmer switch
How does the THC affect the EC system?
THC overpowers the EC system when a person smokesmarijuana. As Cannabinoids receptors are present in many parts of the brain and body, the affects of the THC are varied as it can slow a person’s action time. That means if the person is driving it will affect his or her movements. Also the ability to remember things that has just happened can be affected. So also if a person has to make a judgment, then that is also delayed. The part of the brain that makes the person feel good is also affected. In the process the person feels that he or she is high but after a certain time it can lead to loss in memory, addiction and the mental health is affected.
What are the medical benefits of medical cannabis ?
Twenty states in the United States have legalized cannabis and two states have legalized it for recreational use. The two states are Colarado and Washington. It has been found that in California medical marijuana has been around for the past eighteen years. And it is also used in helping patients.. Nearly eight per cent of the people in the United States are in favor of medical cannabis and about sixty per cent in favor of legalizing marijuana. Many people have the idea that medical cannabis usage is wrong as it has been tld that marijuana is a dangerous drug as it works in making one get away from reality. In the United Kingdom over one million people are addicted to over the counter pain killers and sedatives. There are four times more deaths among women in the United States as they are addicted to over the counter pain killers and sedatives.